[DC Comic Book Art Connoisseurs Club] Wonder Woman Art of the 90s! January 23- February 13

DC Comic Book Art Connoisseurs, gather round the virtual campfire as we reflect on the Wonder Woman Comic Book Art of the 1990s! With the availability January 22nd of the animated mythic spectacle known as Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, for the next three weeks of a cold winter please join us as we share and discuss!

We of course leave such matters as “plot”, “continuity” and “character development” to the other clubs to consider, but here, here in the private lobby of the DC Comic Book Art Connoisseurs Club, we are committed to diving into the artistic high water marks of the WW 1990s reader experience!

As always, cover artists can be shared as well as great interior artwork from this era covering Wonder Woman (-1986) #40 – 153. DC Universe

Vote here for Favorite 1990’s Wonder Woman artists!

  • Brian Bolland
  • John Byrne
  • Mike Deodato
  • Adam Hughes

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Some suggested cover and interior artists and storylines;

Wonder Woman vol 2 #91-93, #0, by William Messner-Loebs and Mike Deodato

ww mike d interior

"The Challenge of Artemis" storyline Wonder Woman* vol. 2, #94-100

The covers of Brian Bolland!

Adam Hughes

John Byrne’s turn at the writer / artist for WW wheel! (#107 etc)

Also fair game would be stories and covers starring Wonder Woman in other DC series of the same decade.

Here too are some links to articles to point you in some interesting directions on the 1990s highway of Wonder Woman color and ink excellence!

Dig in!!!

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John Byrne leads so far

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All the '90s WW I’ve read is from '90-‘92, so I haven’t seen most of these artists’ interiors, but as to covers:

  • Mike Deodato’s art certainly… exists. Seriously, humans are not shaped like that.
  • Brian Bolland’s art has nice detail, but looks kinda stiff somehow.
  • Adam Hughes is good, though on his covers I think the colors actually make it pop more than the pencils would on their own.
  • John Byrne is a great artist. He’s not quite as good as George Perez and I’ve heard that Byrne’s writing was weaker here than on his Superman run (which I liked, at least on average), but he can certainly draw very well. I liked that closeup cover from the “Faces of DC” cover gimmick that somebody posted in the Stark, Single-Color Backgrounds thread.

Some artists not mentioned:

  • Chris Marrinan’s work early in the decade is pretty solid.
  • I’m not much of a fan of Jill Thompson’s style, but she was on the book through much of the end of George Perez’s run and well into William Messner-Loebs’ before Deodato took over (not sure if there was anybody in between).
  • OK, all that out of the way:

While he’d stopped doing the interior art in '89, Perez was still doing the covers for most of his run, and as usual for him, they’re incredible. So if Brian Bolland (who also only did covers) counts, then I’m naming Perez as my favorite.

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Thanks @BatJamags for an engaging retrospective of Wonder Woman art in the 90s! George Perez did indeed do some covers in the 90s and even some later than the one you show here, so you certainly can point him out as your favorite!

Concerning Deodato, personally I’m more of a fan of what he did in the decades following.

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Don’t forget folks you can also show artwork of Wonder Woman from other titles from the 90s like (hint hint hint) JLA.

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What are some examples of Deodato from more recent decades that you are a fan of?

@Meisaj , I enjoy him on group team books like Dark Avengers, etc. Here’s some examples of his later stuff. I like the emotion he displays for his characters, it’s a unique take that I find engaging while reading the comics.

Dark-Avengers-1

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Wow, that’s actually a huge improvement. Cool!

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I’m thinking the same. That is a huge amount of growth.

He’s not an artist I’ve followed, even though I can see now I’ve read and bought a bunch of his comics.

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Here’s some Wonder Woman art of the 90s that wasn’t in Wonder Woman but rather in JLA, one of the watermark highs of the 90s as far as series and concept go.

Lots to cover with JLA Wonder Woman illustrations, but it seems appropriate to look at issue 48 that features the battle with Queen of Fables!

This is art by Bryan Hitch with J H Williams:

So, took a tour of 90s Wonder Woman covers. These are not necessarily the best, but they struck a cord with me for some reason.


Bolland WW is strong, beautiful, looks powerful great design with the shield and colors. Just an A+ cover

Byrne this is a little 90s excess but really like the hair and feeling of power

Byrne again. How many characters can just do a face shot

Cheating a little as this is 2000, but the Hughes cover is another take on the face shot that’s fantastic

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@msgtv Wow that Wonder Woman #72 cover does a wonderful job of helping us get the sense of Wonder Woman with her ancient Greek lore background. Now that I think about it, I wonder if she’s supposed to look like she’s from Greece?

Hughes has such a unique style, we’ll allow one from 2000, lol!

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The Nail. Are,out in the 90s and Alan Davis got to draw half the DC universe. There’s really not a ton of Wonder Woman action, but I do like his design for her.

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The white cape and larger headband work well!

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It’s the more extensive use of white that stands out to me too. Plus, I liked Davis’ long lean looking characters

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Dark Avengers was great, just great. Absolutely my favorite Avengers book at the time it was published.

Ed Benes gained some prominence in the Wonder Woman franchise during the 90’s, with one example being the Artemis: Requiem mini.






Speaking of Deodato’s tenure on Wonder Woman, this is one of my favorite covers of his:

Regarding Artemis, there’s also this (pic from Google):

So, Benes gets a little less '90s looking later on. I was reading his and Simone’s BoP when they came out. Definitely still larger than life (and more shapely) but the super long limbs kind of goes away

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Mr. Benes sure has that 90s Image thing going on with Artemis. I see he did Gen 13 back when it was Image / Wildfire I believe.

Thanks for sharing @Vroom !

@nu52 , what do you think of the Artemis figure above ad " Wonder Woman" ?